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Adopted -- First there was Angelina, then Madonna, and now Pauly
Adopted -- Pauly Shore tries to adopt an African child in this trailer for the comedy


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For hundreds of years, Africa has existed in a state of despair. Famine, civil wars and rampant disease have left the continent without hope... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Louise Engelbrecht ... Game Ranger

Cindy Gold ... Cindy Iglesias (as Cindy Iglesias)
Casper Kunzewkwguta ... Taxi Passenger
Tawaka Kunzewkwguta ... Taxi Passenger
Thando Kunzewkwguta ... Taxi Passenger
Valerie Mare ... Pauly's Driver
Peter Mata ... Himself
Lisel Matchessa ... Girl on Safari Bus
Popi Faith Mbiza ... Orphan #3

Lauren McGregor ... Lauren at Game Farm
Tracy McGregor ... Show Groupie
Steven Moolman ... Orphanage Reception
Odwa Mpambaniso ... Orphan #1
Evelyn Muyimane ... Witchdoctor / Sangoma
Inga Nkurunziza ... Wrong Kid
Paul Nkurunziza ... Inga's Father
Obert Ntantiso ... Taxi Driver
Lainice Jansevan Rensburg ... Game Park Woman
Ann Robertswoman ... Woman on Table Mountain

Pauly Shore ... Pauly Shore
Elma Smit ... Radio DJ
Allan Titus ... Head of Orphanage
Elzanne van den Berg ... Show Groupie
Emma van der Merwe ... Orphanage Woman
Nicole van Heerden ... Rock Climbing Instructor
Somila Veldman ... Orphan #2
Angela Zwane ... African Princess

Directed by
Pauly Shore 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pauly Shore  story

Produced by
Sam Hendrikse .... executive producer
Ann Roberts .... producer
Pauly Shore .... producer
Original Music by
The Newton Brothers 
Cinematography by
Bruce Cunningham 
Grant Nelson 
Film Editing by
Miles Barken 
Chester Contaoi 
Animation Department
Pete Conlon .... animation director (as Peter Conlon)
Brian Yarnell .... animator
Other crew
Neill Frank .... production coordinator
David Albert Pierce .... production counsel

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Rated R for some language
USA:80 min
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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Pauly being Pauly in the 2000's, 14 January 2011
Author: Steve Pulaski from United States

Adopted is not only a movie spoofing the recent celebrity fad, but it also proves that Pauly Shore can take a super serious topic like adoption in another country and turn it into a hilarious adventure. The film tells the story of how Pauly Shore travels to Africa to adopt a child that he has wanted for a long time. While trying to accomplish what he thinks is a simple goal, is actually more trouble than he had bargained for. And here comes a ninety minute doc-mockumentary about it.

Adopted is very similar to Pauly's 2004 mockumentary Pauly Shore is Dead where the actor himself fakes his own death, and becomes the genius that died before his time. The film takes on the role of being serious, when it's really one big joke on the audience and the people around Pauly in the film. It could almost be compared to Bruno where the lead character is just minding his own business, acting normal, and the people around him notice he has a screw loose.

Pauly Shore, like I said, doesn't have too much luck trying to adopt a kid. He looks into adopting an African youth named Odwa, who is just like a younger, hyper version of Pauly Shore. They seem to like each other, but Pauly's goal is to meet as many kids as he can before making a final decision. He meets two other children in the mix as well before coming to a consensus.

There is not a whole lot to say about this film, which is why mockumentaries make short reviews. There isn't a whole lot of plot, or important things to mention even when the film was good. You can clearly see Pauly is trying to win back old fans by acting like his crazy self. The flaw with that his he's in his early forties. He's running out of gas much like Tom Green. Not to say he's not still funny, he just doesn't compare to the nineties Pauly everyone knows and loves.

Adopted isn't perfect, but it's nice just to see a classic actor back doing his thing - making people (like me) laugh.

Directed by and Starring: Pauly Shore.

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Am I the only one who found this movie offensive. SoSoSweet
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Is this really a documentary or a mockumentary? LawSchoolSucks
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